Friday, 19 August 2016

The Cutest Liquid Lipsticks Around - Kylie Birthday Edition Mini Set

I couldn't quite contain my excitement for these little beauties to arrive. In case you have been living under a rock (or just away from Twitter....) Kylie Jenner released a new Limited Edition product line for her 19th birthday, including liquid eyeliner, cream eyeshadows and new lip shades. Out of the whole collection, the one item that drew me in was this mini kit containing some of the most coveted Kylie shades of the matte liquid lipstick, along with her new shade Leo, exclusively produced with Gold for Kylie's birthday. 

The shades included in this kit are shown below from L-R; Leo, Exposed, Dolce K, Candy K, Koko K and Kristen. As you may already know from my previous posts, I was dying to try Exposed, and the new Leo shade also drew me in as a good dark burgundy shade is a must in any girl's collection. 

 The packaging is completely adorable, and matches in with the gold theme across this whole line, and because these are so small it makes them perfect for carrying around in your handbag or clutch. Each lipstick contains 0.65ml of product which, let's face it, isn't a huge amount and I don't think these will last me too long; but it was great to be able to try out all these shades without investing in the full sizes. 

The formula of these is the same as the other lip kits I own, very comfortable and long wearing. The same sweet scent has also been included on these, they smell good enough to eat!

My favourite from this collection took me by surprise, it's actually Kristen which is another new shade released for the summer (far right). It's a perfect berry red shade which can be worn easily both day and night. Exposed is also a great every day nude shade, Kylie just seems to nail the shades every time! 

Which one of these colours is your favourite? Have you tried any of the Kylie Lip Kits?

Get Your Glow On - Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Now summer time is upon us, the desire to have glowing, radiant skin is greater than ever. Enter Becca Backlight Priming Filter. This product is designed to be worn underneath foundation to provide your skin a beautiful "lit from within" glow, making your skin look healthier and brighter. 

The texture of this is so smooth, it glides over the skin and makes it a pleasure to apply. In terms of longevity of makeup on top of this; I can't say I've noticed much of a difference, however even when your foundation begins to wear off, your skin still looks glowing. The scent is also dreamy, I can't quite explain it but it just smells expensive and feels so luxury on the skin. 

I have honestly fallen in love with this so quickly, and I'm already considering getting a back up copy - that's when you know it's true love! 

A perfect primer if you are looking for glowing, healthy looking skin. Have you tried this? Do you have any similar products that are more budget-friendly? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Mix & Mask - The Beauty Box for Face Mask Addicts

Face masks are an absolute staple in my skincare routine; there is a mask for every skin concern, whether you have dry skin, an acne breakout around that time of the month, or your skin needs rebalancing. Origins does face masks better than any other brand, containing some of my favourite masks from the Clear Improvement Charcoal Cleansing Mask to the By All Greens Deep Cleansing Mask (see previous review here!) So when I saw that Latest in Beauty had done a collaboration with the lovely Jane from British Beauty Blogger and Origins, I knew I had to have it. 

The box contains 2 full sized products. The first is their new Maskimizer, a Skin Optimising Primer spray designed to hydrate and soften skin so it's fully ready for a mask. The second full-size is their Vitazing Energy Boosting Moisturiser with SPF15, a tinted moisturiser with a sheer tint; perfect for lazy summer weekends. 

In addition, there are 3 luxury samples of their most popular masks, one being brand new. The first is the Drink Up Intensive (30ml) which has long been my hydrating overnight treatment of choice; with a beautiful fruity scent, you can guarantee your skin will look plump the morning after. The second is their By All Greens Deep Cleansing Mask (25ml) which you can read all about on my blog post here which is designed to really cleanse the skin leaving it fresh and bright. The final (and the one I am most excited for!) is the new Ginzing Peel-Off Mask. Am I the only one who finds it oddly satisfying to use a peel-off product? Aside from the novelty of the peel-off, this mask aims to peel off dry skin leaving it looking bright and renewed.  

Finally there are 4 mask pods which contain enough product for a single use, and are perfect for travelling. They are also brilliant for if you only have a spot outbreak once in a blue moon and don't need the full size (if this is you, PLEASE tell me your skincare secrets!). These retail for £2.50 each if you wanted to buy them individually, but the box contains Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, Out of Trouble Mask for Problem Skin, Original Skin Retexturising Mask and the Drink Up Mask. A great way to try these masks out too before you commit to buying the full size. 

I can honestly say this is my favourite beauty box I have ever received, and I really hope Latest in Beauty bring out some more boxes like this!

 If you want to sign up to see Latest in Beauty's new releases, check their site out here. They have a huge selection of boxes, so you're bound to find something you like. Happy masking!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - The MVP of Highlighters

Ah, the Anastasia Glow Kit in "That Glow'.I bet you've seen this just about everywhere, and if I'm honest, I'm a sucker for hyped up products so on my latest trip to the US, I headed to Sephora to see if I could pick it up. I was pleased to see they had loads available, so I snapped this one up. I did have a look at the other colours, however this one jumped out to be a more summer-appropriate palette. I wanted something with the bronze colour that could give my skin a bit of a healthy glow. 

The four colours that come in this palette are as follows:
Sunburst -  a bright yellow-toned highlighter, although on swatch the yellow tone disappears into an almost silvery bright highlighter. Perfect for the very tops of cheekbones and under the brow bone. 
Golden Bronze - a darker bronze colour, perfect for using around the edge of the face to give a bronzed glow. This is one of my favourites, and would work well as a cheekbone highlighter on darker skin tones than mine.
Bubbly - a gold/pink champagne shade (i'm guessing this is where the name came from!). I also use this one for cheekbone highlight or a blush topper.
Dripping in Gold - as the name suggests, this is a very gold-toned highlighter, perfect for putting on top of bronzer for a golden glow, or on the collar bones if you are going on a summer evening out. 

The beauty of these is that they are so incredibly pigmented, and could also easily be used as eyeshadows. Sunburst is perfect for inner corner highlight or to put right into the centre of the lid. The texture of these is so soft, you hardly need to touch the product to get a beautiful sweep of highlight. In terms of the shimmer, it's very finely milled, and does not have any chunks of glitter at all meaning the finish it gives on the skin is much more natural and soft. I don't think I have anything bad to say about it!

This palette isn't cheap, however the size of the pans is very generous; I can't see myself running out of these any time soon. For me, this makes it worth the price as you're getting so much product.

So there we have it, as I said in the title, the MVP of highlighters. This is without a doubt my favourite highlighter collection that I own and I can't see myself needing any more highlighters for a long time (until the next hype :) )

Have you tried this palette? What's your favourite highlighter?

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Kylie Lip Kit Review Part 2 - Dolce K and Candy K

Here are the next two Kylie Lip Kits to grace my collection. Dolce K, which was sent to me in error as I explained in my last post. I have to say, the Kylie Cosmetics customer service team were awesome. They sent me Candy K as soon as I had let them know they had sent me the incorrect colour, and I got to keep both! 

Up first, Candy K which I had originally ordered alongside Posie K. This is a muted nude pink, and is very much a "your lips but better" shade on me. Dolce K is a darker brown shade, and even though it's a little out of my usual comfort zone, it looks really pretty even on my pale skin.

L-R - Candy K Liner, Candy K Lipstick, Dolce K Liner, Dolce K Lipstick. 

The formulas are pretty consistent across all 3 colours I received, and I haven't noticed any difference in consistency or pigmentation between them. They are just as long wearing when using both the liner and the liquid lipstick, they honestly do not budge or require topping up when eating or drinking, so are perfect for a long night out.

So.. do I still think these are worth the cost? I still stand by that if you are ordering more than one kit, they are worthwhile the shipping to the UK and the risk of customs. If you are only ordering one, the lip kits can get pretty expensive so trying to find a friend who also wants one will make it a little more affordable. An extra bonus is that over the weekend, Kylie Cosmetics put their stock live on a constant basis rather than having to log on at certain release times to get a shade, so this should make them a lot more accessible for ordering (not to mention a lot less stressful!) They have also released certain lip kits individually, so if you don't require the liner, you can get the lipsticks alone. I have my eye on Exposed next, such a sucker for a nude shade!

If you want to find out any more about the shipping and ordering process, read my last post on Posie K. 

Have you tried any of these now? Will you be ordering now the process is a little easier?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Kylie Lip Kit in Posie K Review

So... Guess who bought into the hype (*insert monkey emoji with hands over eyes here*). I had no intention of picking any of these up, however after seeing numerous reviews with people surprised just how good these were, I decided to cave. And the panic-buy trying to get everything into my basket quick enough before they sold out is a clever, clever move by the marketing team. (I fell for it..)

First things first, I did have two lip kits to review, however, I ordered Posie K and Candy K, and they actually sent me Dolce K instead of Candy K, so I'm in the process of trying to sort that out with the Customer Service team. I'll keep you updated on Twitter (@goldenclutter) as to how that goes. 

Now to the review. I'll start with the ordering process - as you may well know, anything from Kylie Cosmetics is released in batches and you need to find out when they will be released as they sell out within about 30 mins if not faster. I kept an eye on this by setting up notifications on Kylie Cosmetics on Twitter so it popped up on my phone whenever there was a new release. Once the release was out, I went onto the website as soon as it was time, and added the items into my basket as quickly as possible before taking it through to checkout. I had already created an account before ordering, and I can't recommend this enough. It saves so much time when trying to checkout quickly. 

The lip kits took around 3 weeks to arrive from the US, which I think was a particularly long time as most I have heard of only took a couple of weeks. Once they arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I had no customs charges, so I think this is just pot luck as to whether you get them or not. In total, the postage and products cost me around £50 once converted, so around £25 per lip kit. Each kit comes with a liner and liquid lipstick so that's bringing them in at around £12.50 each, not bad at all. 

Now onto the application - the lip liner is so incredibly creamy and easy to apply and makes it really easy to overline your lips if you wanted to. I applied the liner all over, and it gave a nice opaque wash of colour making the liquid lipstick easier to apply on top. The formula of the liquid lipstick was very watery and weightless but really pigmented at the same time. The closest thing I've ever used to it is the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors, if you have ever tried those. Once applied it dried down pretty quickly and I couldn't feel anything was on my lips at all - a big thumbs up from me as I sometimes find myself dying to remove lipsticks after a few hours wear. 

The scent is sweet and has a strong hint of vanilla, which I really liked, but if you're not a fan of sweet scents you may want to bear that in mind. 

It lasted well, transferring a little when eating and drinking, but when it did fade, it faded evenly and didn't leave me with patchy lips. I attempted to apply another layer on top to see how that fared, and it went on top perfectly, not crumbling up at all. It was really easy to remove with oil cleanser at the end of the day too, no scrubbing desperately to try and remove it. 

The colour Posie K is a gorgeous mauve pink, perfect for spring and I think it's subtle enough for every day wear. I only wish I had Candy K to compare, but hopefully I'll get that soon! 

With Lipliner Only

With Lipliner and Liquid Lipstick

All in all, would I recommend these? It depends. With shipping and possible customs, these can get pricy, but if like me you are curious and want to buy into the hype, I'd say do it. The formula is really lovely and I kind of wish I'd ordered more! Have you ordered any Kylie Cosmetics? Which is your favourite colour?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Perfect Red Lip Edit No. 2 - Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Red Carpet Red

The packaging. THE PACKAGING. Let's take a moment to appreciate the Rose Gold beauty that is the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Red Carpet Red. It's definitely one you want to be cracking out to top up as many times as possible (not that you'll need to, as I'll get onto later!)

I love wearing lipstick on many occasions, I think it can really pull together an outfit and add a pop of colour to something that may otherwise be a bit monochrome. I especially love how chic an all black outfit paired with the perfect red lip looks. That's what I was searching for when I purchased this beauty, the perfect red lip. Something matte, but not drying, and something that's going to last well through eating and drinking. 

On reading through numerous reviews, I decided to bite the bullet (no pun intended!) and get the much renown Matte Revolution in the shade Red Carpet Red. It applies beautifully, and is slightly scented but pleasant. My lips are terribly dry, but this glides over them and somehow smooths it all out whilst still staying matte. It also doesn't settle into the creases like many other mattes I own do.

The lasting power is akin to liquid lipsticks, this stuff stays on through eating and drinking, even when applied without a lipliner (as per the picture below). The colour is gorgeous, and I think it would suit pretty much every skin tone. I think it looks darker in the bullet than it does on the lips, but it gives the perfect "red carpet" look as the name would suggest.

Would I recommend this lipstick? Absolutely - I can't wait to try more colours from this range. With the hype of liquid lipsticks it's easy to forget about normal ones, but don't pass this one up as it's lasting power is amazing. 

What's your favourite lipstick? Have you tried any of the Matte Revolutions?